Delhi woman gets 'acid attack' threat from neighbour

A case was registered against the accused under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code
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NEW DELHI: A 19-year-old woman has accused her neighbour in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar here of threatening her with "acid attack" if she did not marry him, police said on Wednesday.

The matter came to light on Sunday after the victim filed a complaint, they said, adding efforts are on to nab the accused.

In her complaint, the victim alleged that Yagvender Yadav Yadav (27), who runs a grocery shop with his father in the area, had threatened her that he will throw acid on her if she does not marry him, they said.

The accused and the victim are known to each other, police said.

On Sunday, Yadav asked the victim to come along with him but when she refused, he threatened her by saying that he was carrying acid with him, police said.

A case was registered against the accused under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Amrutha Guguloth said.

Subsequently, after the victim's statement was recorded by the magistrate, sections 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354D (stalking) were added to the FIR, the DCP said.

Taking suo-moto cognizance of the matter, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to the DCP of the east district.

The Commission has sought a copy of the FIR along with details of arrests made in the matter along with the details of security provided to the woman.

The panel has also sought an action-taken report in the matter by January 6.

"We are receiving such types of cases on a daily basis. I do not know when this brutality against women and girls will stop! We need to make our system more effective to deal with such cases. The accused should be arrested and strict action should be taken against him. The girl must be provided security as he has threatened an acid attack on her!" Maliwal said.

In December last year, two motorcycle-borne masked men flung acid on a 17-year-old girl who was attacked minutes after she left her west Delhi home for school.

As outrage spread over the acid attack, women's groups and others, including Lt Governor V K Saxena, raised questions on the availability of acid in markets despite a ban and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked how the accused could have gathered so much courage.

The attack took place at Mohan Garden near Uttam Nagar and the girl suffered eight per cent facial burns. Later, the same evening, three men including the victim's neighbour were arrested in connection with the incident.

The main accused had procured the acid through Flipkart following which police sent a notice to the e-commerce platform in this regard.

The girl had been a friend of the main accused for a long time but they had a breakup two-three months ago and she stopped talking to him. He planned the attack to take revenge.

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